Periodontal disease and Tinnitus?

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I have advanced periodontal disease (periodonitis) and am wondering if anyone has experienced or knows of a correlation between the periodontal and tinnitus?

Also have what feels like ears being blocked, ear pain, and loss of sense of taste.

Also mouth and neck pain.

These symptoms have been present for about 4 days now.

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    Hi carol,

    Your post was a while ago but I ll reply if it helps.

    Im a Dental Hygienist,treating perio disease daily.

    I personally have never come across a link between the 2 conditions.

    Gum disease is a very common condition at varying levels , so maybe you have the two conditions occurring at the same time.

    Sounds like a possible ear infection/ drum perforation ?

    You may have seen your GP by now

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      Hi Alison,

      Yes I have seen my family doctor plus an emergency doctor and they didn't seem to think there was a connection between the perio and the tinnitus. There appeared to be no ear infection or damage to the eardrum either. I guess there can be many causes of buzzing in the ears but I thought that maybe it had to do with the perio. By the way I still have the buzzing so until I get to see a specialist I guess I will have to put up with it.

      Also because of Covid there's no dental appts at this time.

      I really appreciate getting your reply Alison. I had absolutely no way of knowing whether I was on the right track or not . As I mentioned, two doctors said they didn't think there was a connection but it is a lot more favorable hearing it from a hygenist who deals with it every day.

      Thank you so much!

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      Your welcome,I know how reassuring it is to get advice from others.

      I myself have a perforated eardrum at present and cant get to see ENT due to the virus.

      Dentistry access is difficult at moment. Dont know where you live but each large city/town should have set up a dental hub for emergencies.

      You may be able to call your practice for telephone advice.

      Take care

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    had root canal started but not finished due covid. infected root on this tooth + advanced perio.

    same symptoms as yours started 2 days after antibiotic course that started the day of the treatment.

    condition is ongoing since jan 2021. 2-3 days after antibiotics stop condition worsen. new course AB and they start to reduce.

    no dental person believes the root canal + infection are the cause of the symptoms+ tinnitus that started so soon after the root canal but....

    there is no link because no one has bothered to do any actual study on it?

    the ent i saw, shone a light up my nose and told me all was fine with my head/sinuses! not that i ever mentioned an issue with my nose and i hope he knows he can't see into all my sinuses via a nostril?! . The symptoms are vertigo, ear pressure, pins and needles or numbness of head, hot neck, jaw ache, smell smoke. heart rate increased and more.

    my thinking is the infection is effecting the nerves or leaking into sinus from tooth root and then onwards. The nerves pass close to the ear and close to the tooth. image

    maybe your condition was from perio infection annoying the nerves also ?

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    I don't have any answers for you but well I have advanced. download disease and I think it's coming from a fungal infection in my ears or vice versa but I can't find the answers my my ears are driving me nuts they're always full and I have to take tweezers and pull stuff out of them so I can hear and my gum disease is so advanced for my age the doctors want me to go get blood work done to see if there's an underlying issue

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